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The ADHD explosion: A new book explores factors that have fueled it

The ADHD explosion: A new book explores factors that have fueled it

"The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance," released this week by Oxford University Press, chronicles the steep increase in ADHD diagnoses in the United States over the last two decades. The new book offers provocative evidence that economic pressures and government policies -- not just concern for children's welfare -- are behind the increase in diagnoses of the psychiatric disorder marked by hyperactivity, disorganization, impulsiveness, inattention and poor academic performance beginning in childhood. The authors of the new book--psychology professor Stephen P. Hinshaw and health economist Richard M. Scheffler, both of UC...

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